SINGAPORE--The Samsung Galaxy Tab will be available here from Saturday exclusively from local operator, Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), which has unveiled subsidized price and bundled Internet price plans for the device.
In a media statement Tuesday, SingTel said the 7-inch Android media tablet will be available on monthly mobile price plans ranging from S$538 (US$417.97) for the operator's 3G Flexi Lite subscribers. The Galaxy Tab will be bundled free for 3G Flexi Plus customers who pay a monthly subscription fee of S$95 (US$73.81).
|SingTel Samsung Galaxy Tab
mobile price plans
|3G Flexi Lite||3G Flexi||3G Flexi Plus|
|Galaxy Tab price||S$538||S$298||S$0|
|Free Local Data||12GB||12GB||12GB|
|Free Local Outgoing Calls (anytime)||100 mins||200 mins||500 mins|
|Free Local SMS||500||500||500|
|SingTel Samsung Galaxy Tab
home Internet price plans
|BroadBand Package||15Mbps Unlimited Home BroadBand
with 1.5Mbps Mobile BroadBand
|Monthly subsciption||S$75.90 Comes with Integrated Wireless Modem and 3G Mobile Data SIM Card|
|Free local data for mobile broadband||30GB|
|Value-added services Tab|
Anticipating that users will use the tablet as a mobile device or a Internet device at home, SingTel said the device will be offered with the telco's mobile 3G monthly plans and fixed-broadband plans.
Users who want to purchase the tablet without a telco contract can do so for S$998 (US$775.34). Samsung will sell the tablet at its own retail outlets although no dates have been announced yet on when this sales channel will be made available.
The announcement follows the launch of rival product, the Apple iPad, which has been available in Singapore since July. According to figures from Strategy Analytics released last week, Apple currently dominates the global tablet market at 95 percent.
But Samsung remains undaunted, saying that its tablet is more competitive than the iPad in certain areas. At the IFA electronics show in September, W.P. Hong, head of Samsung Mobile's product planning team, pointed to the Android's front- and back-mounted cameras for picture-taking and video chat as a key advantage over the Apple tablet. Wong added that the Galaxy Tab is also lighter than both 3G and non-3G variations of the Apple tablet.
The Galaxy device measures at 7 inch and is powered by Android 2.2, dubbed Froyo. Hong said Galaxy Tab users will be able to upgrade their mobile operating system to Gingerbread Android 2.3 but not its successor Honeycomb.
The vendor's tablet play in the enterprise market will be joined by Research In Motion's (RIM) Playbook tablet which was announced at the end of September. In a previous ZDNet Asia report, an Ovum analyst noted that RIM will be able to contend with the iPad, at least among enterprise users, but still faces a tough battle ahead in efforts to win user loyalty.